With as many as six civil lawsuits filed against him, a former Lake Havasu City business owner will face his accusers in court this December.
A trial date has been set for Tim McDonald, the former owner of Havasu’s Offshore Custom Marine, who has been charged with more than 20 counts of felony theft and one count of fraud. McDonald is scheduled to stand trial Dec. 3 in Mohave Superior Court.
According to police, customers attempted to sell their watercraft by consignment through McDonald’s business from 2013 to 2017. Police say customers waited as long as a year to receive payment for the sale of their respective watercraft, and some were never paid by McDonald at all. As many as 20 of his customers were still awaiting payment when McDonald closed his business, and seemingly disappeared.
McDonald’s alleged victims filed a criminal complaint against McDonald, who they say swindled them through an alleged Ponzi scheme.
It wasn’t until May 2018 that McDonald was found when two of his alleged victims saw a photo of him online. A friend of the victims allegedly identified the photograph’s location as that of Newport Beach, California. It was there that authorities found McDonald, who was living on a houseboat.
McDonald was arrested and extradited to Mohave County in 2018, and charged with 22 felony counts of theft and one count of fraud.
His trial date was originally set for Oct. 29, but was rescheduled when attorneys learned another trial had been set for the same day. McDonald is scheduled to appear in Mohave Superior Court for a final case management conference on Nov. 12.